What About: Culpability and Mortal Sin?

Culpability (guilt) requires three things:

(1) The act is immoral. (See the “Morality of the Act”.)

(2) Knowledge: The faculty of the intellect understands or should understand that the act is bad.

(3) Consent: The faculty of the will chooses to do the act.

Mortal Sin occurs when the act is gravely wrong: That is, it is not compatible with charity (love of God.)

Venial Sin does not destroy charity, but impedes and lessens charity.

Culpability can be diminished by:

(1) Ignorance (insufficient knowledge)

(2) Weakness (will lacks strength)

But be careful:

• Ignorance is often NOT invincible: e.g., I chose not to study my faith because I was spurned the opportunities and preferred to do other things. So it is “my fault” that I don’t know this or that.

• God reads the heart: God knows our weakness and is merciful; we need only turn to him with trust. But His loving mercy is not an excuse to justify our sin by complacently admitting we are weak and using that as an excuse to stop trying. We always have to try, and if we fall, we go straight to God with a contrite heart asking for his forgiveness.

So go to Confession!

• Accuse yourself before the merciful judge in Confession. Confession is not just for mortal sin; frequent confession is good for all souls. As Jesus tells St. Faustina, “Tell souls not to place within their own hearts obstacles to My mercy, which so greatly wants to act within them. My mercy works in all those hearts which open their doors to it. Both the sinner and the righteous person have need of My mercy. Conversion, as well as perseverance, is a grace of My mercy.” (Diary of St. Faustina, #1577).

• Don’t take “chances” on mortal sin. Is it objectively wrong? Go to Jesus in confession; he will forgive you and strengthen your will and illuminate your mind so you can be fully human as He intends!

Jesus’ words to St. Faustina on Confession:

Write, speak of My mercy. Tell souls where they are to look for solace; that is, in the Tribunal of Mercy [the Sacrament of Confession] There the greatest miracles take place [and] are incessantly repeated. To avail oneself of this miracle, it is not necessary to go on a great pilgrimage or to carry out some external ceremony; it suffices to come with faith to the feet of My representative and to reveal to him one’s misery, and the miracle of Divine Mercy will be fully demonstrated. Were a soul like a decaying corpse so that from a human standpoint, there would be no [hope of] restoration and everything would already be lost, it is not so with God. The miracle of Divine Mercy restores that soul in full. Oh, how miserable are those who do not take advantage of the miracle of God’s mercy! You will call out in vain, but it will be too late.(Diary of St. Faustina, #1448)

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About Jonathan Brooks

I am a practicing Catholic, who adheres to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. I firmly and devoutly proclaim that the Roman Catholic Church is in fact the true and legitimate authority on the earth as Christ established it to provide the truth for the means of salvation. I also promote the Social Reign of Christ the King as not only a moral need but of law and necessity for the sake of humanity's salvation. I champion the Holy Rosary as well as the message of Our Lady of Fatima. I pray not only for the solemn consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary but also for the conversion of all people to the Catholic Church as the Church is likened to Noah's Ark of which no man may be saved lest he board this sacred vessel. For the Glory of God, I intend to make great use of the indissoluble and eternal doctrinal/dogmatic teachings of the Catholic Church to not only combat against the forces of Satan (Freemasonry, Satanism, Modernism, Socialism, Communism, etc.) but also to edify and God willing add souls to the Mystical Body of Christ.
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